Sara has a genuine passion and commitment to her clients. She is well regarded by Solicitors and Defendants alike and her meticulous approach to preparation has earned her a good reputation in court. Although Sara is warm and approachable in nature, she is well known to vigorously fight for her clients.
Sara has been involved in a number of lengthy trials and has experience dealing with particularly voluminous evidence in an effective and organised manner. She has established a busy Crown Court practice, has acted for clients in the Court of Appeal and has also been led in more serious and complex matters. She has experience defending the full spectrum of criminal offences, including: serious violence and offences against the person; violent disorder and affray; kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail; firearm offences and possession of offensive weapons; arson; robbery, burglary and theft; a wide variety of fraud and dishonesty offences; sexual offences (and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders etc); child cruelty; drug trafficking; confiscation proceedings; immigration act offences; possession of false identity documents and motoring offences such as dangerous driving etc
Sara has experience defending care home professionals who have been charged with offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also has a particular interest in terrorist offences and charges brought under the 2000 and 2006 Terrorism Act.
Sara recently assisted in the case of R v Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy (formerly Noonan) who was cleared of 6 charges concerning the false imprisonment and rape of a 15 year old boy. Consequently, Sara has gained a valuable insight into the often difficult and complex relationship between the Criminal and Family law Jurisdictions, especially in relation to the disclosure of sensitive material which is the property of the family court.
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Gang Related Violence Injunctions
Sara also has experience of defending gang injunctions (“Gangbo’s”) in the civil courts brought under the Policing and Crime Act 2009. She was instructed in the first case to be brought by Salford City Council and is currently involved in a matter which has been transferred to the High Court to determine whether Sections 34 and 35 of the Act are incompatible with Articles 6, 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Articles and media comment
Summary of the main provisions of Part 3 (Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders) of LASPO 2012
24/4/12 - Hearsay rules clarified but further guidance is needed (Lexis Nexis Current Awareness)
Sara also delivers training seminars on a range of criminal law topics, including bad character, hearsay, defence statements and disclosure etc.
Sara previously practised in chambers in London, however relocated to Manchester to be near her family. Before coming to the Bar, Sara worked for the Glasgow Homelessness Network. She held the only specific equalities role and remit within the organisation and worked closely with a number of individuals and families who had experienced varying forms of exclusion and discrimination. In particular she gained experience of vulnerable groups including women working in prostitution and women fleeing domestic abuse; dispersed asylum seekers and those with mental health illnesses and / or physical disabilities.
Before practising at the Criminal Bar, Sara also worked as a Freelance Advocate (Legal Practice Clerk) undertaking a wide variety of County Court hearings.
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22/3/16 Supreme Court grants permission in Kiarie
18/3/16 Not guilty verdict for Chetham violin teacher
9/3/16 Court of Appeal to consider lawfulness of miscarriage of justice compensation scheme
4/3/16 GCN wins Barristers' Chambers of the Year at Manchester Legal Awards 2016
29/2/16 Court of Appeal grants permission to appeal in relation to adult dependent relative rule
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18/2/16 Considering Jogee: Joint Enterprise, Retrospective Effect and Fresh Appeals - Mark George QC and Matt Stanbury
11/2/16 CART-style JR of Upper Tribunal succeeds
9/2/16 Appeal allowed in "police officer on jury" case after CCRC referral
8/2/16 Permission granted in best interests (grandchild) immigration appeal
5/2/16 Repeated acquittals in historic cases
3/2/16 Housing allocation scheme - discrimination challenge by Irish Traveller
27/1/16 Bedroom Tax victory (Rutherford)
GCN barristers present PLP "How to JR"
Matt Stanbury presents "JR for criminal practitioners" Sheffield Law Soc
25/1/16 SSHD failure to apply own policy to Victim of Trafficking
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5/1/16 GCN members elected to BHRC Exec Committee
GCN Criminal Law Update December 2015
18/12/15 GCN remains totally committed to first class representation through legal aid
17/12/15 Permission granted in trafficking JR
16/12/15 Natalie Wilkins reports on GCN Family Rights seminar series in
15/12/15 Gary Willock on caselaw re delay in obtaining Legal Aid and court deadlines
12/12/15 Appeal of decision that Extension of Workers Registration Scheme 2009 was unlawful now listed for Feb 2017
11/12/15 Court of Appeal quashes extended sentence and finding of dangerousness
1/12/14 Zimran Samuel speaks about FGM at Family Law Conference 2015
23/11/15 Sentence reduced (serious health problems and delays in proceedings)
12/11/15 GCN Housing Bulletin: serious disrepair and injunctions
3/11/15 Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks GCN in Band 1 for "Administrative and Public Law" and "Civil Liberties and Human Rights"
Tom Royston speaking at CPAG Genuine Prospects of Work seminar on 30.11.15
30/10/15 Transgender prisoners - Matt Stanbury on how the MoJ is disregarding its own policy
26/10/15 Successful out of time appeal in unlawful extended sentence
Anti-Slavery Day event: Current issues affecting victims of Trafficking 22.10.15
21/10/15 Vijay Jagadesham on proposed Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Jamaica
30/9/15 Acquittal in Operation Pallial (North Wales Enquiry) historic allegations case
28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)
24/9/15 Immigration FTT relies on Trafficking JR and grants asylum to VOT
17/9/15 Legal 500 recommends 2015; Counsel "easy to work with and quickly engage"; Clerks "consistently very helpful"
11/9/15 Zimran Samuel obtains FGM Protection Order to safeguard 13 year old taken to Sudan
9/9/15 Ben McCormack Court of Protection talk for YLAL North
24/8/15 "Bedroom tax" appeal dates set (Rutherford)
19/8/15 Mark George QC responds to HHJ Clayson Practice Note
Mark George QC Amicus US Death Penalty Training in Oct 2015
24//7/15 GCN crime team on direct action
22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains second ever FGM Protection Order
21/7/15 Baby boy's injuries caused by bone disorder not violence
14/7/15 GCN crime team support Rally to Save Criminal Legal Aid
30/6/15 GCN crime team "It's time we took action"
12/6/15 Mark George QC on IPCC Orgreave report
10/6/15 Kate Stone to chair PLP "Private Law for Public Law Practitioners" on 24.6.15
8/6/15 Nealon and Hallam: miscarriage of justice compensation claims dismissed
4/6/15 Is Canal and River Trust entitled to have same approach applied to Art 8 defences as landlords of social housing?
Tom Royston speaking at CPAG seminar "Localisation of Social Security" on 8.6.15
Lucy Mair speaking at "Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law" 7.7.15 (Lancaster)
28/5/15 Lucy Mair discusses Eve Ensler's "Avocado" human trafficking monologue
27/5/15 GCN supports action by Northern Ireland Bar
27/5/15 Lucy Mair on trafficking JR (Free Movement)
13/5/15 Abuse of process argument succeeds in prosecution under common law where statutory offence would also apply
Haldane "Child Sex Abuse Inquiry" Lecture panel feat. Pete Weatherby QC 21.5.15
Pete Weatherby QC speaking at Prisoners' Advice Service annual panel discussion 19.5.15
20/4/15 Matt Stanbury on Bad News for Good Character
20/3/15 Sex Offender Notification Reviews Guidance
4/3/15 Joe Markus appointed to Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel
26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre discharged by High Court
23/2/15 Prisoner adjudication decision quashed
16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful; EU workers
13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge
5/2/15 Zimran Samuel contributes to "Now That You Know Say NO To FGM" short film
27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal
19/1/15 Victor Nealon - refusal of compensation for miscarriage of justice
13/1/15 Kate Stone on Human Rights and Arms Trade Treaty
5/1/15 GCN move to Blackfriars House profiled in M.E.N
15/12/14 Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding)
10/12/14 Pete Weatherby QC and Vijay Jagadesham in Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners
5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage
24/11/14 Natalie Wilkins "New immigration tribunal procedure rules" (Free Movement blog)
13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case
12/11/14 Joseph Markus and Natalie Wilkins join chambers
11/11/14 Successful exceptional funding application
3/11/14 Chambers UK 2015 recommends GCN in Band 1
28/10/14 Inquest finds failures in prison mental health services
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014
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26/9/14 Legal Aid, Labour and a 'manifesto for hope'
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CLFS Crime Conference Spring 2016
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